NWHL All-Star Weekend Cocktails!

Hello, Katarin here!

The NWHL All-Star Weekend is upon us and we all have our different ways to celebrate. For myself, I love nothing better than mixing up a few cocktails for my friends and settling in to enjoy the festivities.

You see, over the years, I’ve somehow fallen into the role of mixologist for my friends group. Do I have any sort of formal bartending training? No. I’m just an enthusiastic novice. But with this in mind, my good friends here at Watch This Hockey asked me to mix up some NWHL themed cocktails.

And really, who doesn’t like to sit back with a drink when they watch hockey? But this isn’t just any game, this is the All Star Game! The usual bottle of my favorite lucky beer just won’t do. So here are a couple of special cocktails I mixed up, just for Watch This and the NWHL All Star Weekend.

Four NWHL themed cocktails

I’m giving my recipes using parts, so its easier for everyone to do their own measure. For my own mixing, I used a small shot glass that holds 1/8ths of a Cup.

First up, my own beloved Riveters. Sure, they play in Brooklyn, but how could I pass up the opportunity to take inspiration from the classic Manhattan? Except in my take, I up the cherry flavor. Gone is the vermouth, replaced instead with cherry liquer.

A picture of Jack Daniels whiskey, cherry liquor, cherry bitters, and maraschino cherries
Component Parts of The Riveter

The Riveter

1 part whiskey
1 part cherry liquer
Dash cherry bitters
Maraschino cherries (for garnish)

Recipe: mix together in a cocktail shaker with ice & them strain into a glass.

The Riveter Coktail

If you’re reading this and saying “this is great, but I don’t really like the taste of alcohol?”

Well, same. No, really! I know there’s a weird prejudice against liking alcoholic drinks that are sweet, but not all of us enjoy drinking bourbon straight, right? So, with this in mind, I thought I’d give you an option to make this a little sweeter. What’s the secret? Add soda. No really! I prefer Sprite Zero, but sparkling water will do the job just as well. For me, Sprite Zero adds a hint of sweetness without being overpowering.

Jack Daniels, Cherry Bitters, Cherry liqour, Sprite Zero, Maraschino cherries
Component Parts of The Riveter Sweet

The Riveter Sweet

1 part whiskey
1 part cherry liquer
Dash cherry bitters
Dash maraschino liquid (the stuff your cherries come in)
2 parts Sprite Zero/sparkling water/etc.
Maraschino cherries (for garnish)

Another cocktail photo
The Riveter Sweet

Next up, we have The Boston Pride. But what cocktail is worthy of your very own All Star Captain, Hilary Knight?

I won’t lie, this isn’t EXACTLY my recipe. I believe it’s fairly popular among the college bro set, but it also seemed pretty perfect. There’s a lot of great cider breweries in Massachusetts, but I couldn’t manage to find a cider from one of them in all of Chicago, so instead I made do with a hard cider from Vermont.


A can of Citizen Cider and a bottle of Fireball
The Components of The Fiery Pride

Fiery Pride

1 bottle hard cider
2 parts Fireball liquer

Recipe: 20 minutes before you begin, freeze your glass.

Be sure your hard cider is chilled.

Pour chilled cider into frozen glass. Add Fireball.

Cocktail in a mason jar
The Fiery Pride

And what of The Connecticut Whale? Well, I knew I had to do a wine cocktail, because everyone in Connecticut is a wine mom.

“Katarin,” I hear you say. “I am from Connecticut and I am NOT a wine mom.”

To that I say “Listen. Hold out your hands and pretend I am gently cupping them in mine. Now, I won’t hear that kind of defeatist talk. Search, deep inside your soul and there, you will find the wine mom, yearning to be free.”

Sparkling moscato, sparkling apple juice, Jack Daniels, and an apple. Green, for preference.
The Components of the Wine Mom  Connecticut Sparkling Wine Cocktail

Connecticut Sparkling Wine Cocktail

1 part whiskey
2 parts sparkling wine
3 parts apple cider
Sliced apples for garnish

Recipe: chill your wine beforehand.

You can slice your apples however you like, but when I use apples in a cocktail, I prefer to julienne.

Place apple slices in bottom of glass. Pour each ingredient over top. Gently stir.

Cocktail with APPLES IN IT
The Completed Sparkling Connecticut Whale

Last but most certainly not least, we have our host city/team, the Buffalo Beauts. But what could possibly be worthy of the host city and New York’s own, Emily Pfalzer? Well, it all started with an idea for a take on the classic Sidecar. Except, rather than cognac, using Crown Royal, for The Queen City.

Triple sec, crown royal, and lime juice.
The Component Parts of The Beaut

The Beaut

1 part Crown Royal
1 part Triple Sec
1 part Lime juice

Recipe: combine in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a glass.


The Beaut

And there you have it! A full lineup of NWHL themed cocktails to make your All Star weekend extra special. Feel free to take pictures of your drinks and send them to me, either in the comments or at my twitter @boldmatter! I would also like any close up photos you get of Blake Bolden. Happy NWHL All-Star Weekend!


All-Star Game Weekend Preview: Who, What, Where, When, & How to Follow

This weekend, we have not one but two All-Star Games! What an embarrassment of riches.

CWHL All-Star Game

  • Teams will be picked by the two captains, Julie Chu and Natalie Spooner, on Friday night. The captains were chosen previously by fan-vote. The 2016 Frozen Fantasy Draft will be held on Friday January 22nd 2016 from 7 to 10pm at the Hilton Toronto.
  • See the full pool of players and other information here.
  • The All-Star Game itself will be on Saturday, January 23, 2016, at 1 PM ET the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario.
  • The game itself will be three full twenty-minute periods of hockey.
  • You can watch the game on Sportsnet, at 3 PM ET.  Don’t know yet about any options for streaming or television outside of the Sportsnet zone.

NWHL All-Star Game

  • Saturday, you can Skate With The Stars as part of the All-Star Weekend Package.
  • On Sunday, the NWHL All Star Game will happen at 2 PM in the HarborCenter, in Buffalo, New York.
  • Hilary Knight and Buffalo-area native Emily Pfalzer each captain a team– check out the rosters at the NWHL’s All-Star Game page!
  • Each team will also have an All-Star Kid Coach! Meet the kids who’ll be on the bench here.
  • The NWHL All-Star Game will consist of a skill competition, and a brief game of 4 on 4.
  • We’re hoping this game will be streamed, but aren’t sure– more details as we know them.

Follow along with Angelica and Erin, who will both be at both the NWHL and CWHL All-Star Games!

  • You can find Angelica on Twitter @ReinaDeLaIsla, Instagram, and on Snapchat and Periscope under ReinaDeLaIsla.
  • You can find Erin on Twitter @ekbartus and on Snapchat under ekbartus.

Weekly News: CWHL & NWHL All-Star Game updates, and more!

If you’re pining for the CWHL All-Star Game, check out highlight’s from last year’s, including the ceremonial face off between Charline Labonté, captain of the Red Team, and Jessica Campbell, captain of the White Team.